Remember, back when people though Hope and Change was more than a gimmick, it was common wisdom that our problems in the Muslim world had nothing to do with the antipathy of Islamist extremists and everything to do with the supposedly bellicose anti-Muslim rhetoric of George W. Bush?
Well, looks like we didn’t need a new kind of politician to set things right with the Muslim world. We didn’t need press any “reset” buttons. You see, some liberal pundits are not admitting, that George W. Bush is the real go-to guy to get this mosque project off the ground.
There’s a new argument emerging among supporters of the Ground Zero mosque. Distressed by President Obama’s waffling on the issue, they’re calling on former President George W. Bush to announce his support for the project, because in this case Bush understands better than Obama the connection between the war on terror and the larger question of America’s relationship with Islam. It’s an extraordinary change of position for commentators who long argued that Bush had done grievous harm to America’s image in the Muslim world and that Obama represented a fresh start for the United States. Nevertheless, they are now seeing a different side of the former president.
Among those clamoring for W’s words are the New York Times‘ Maureen Dowd, Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and Peter Beinart, a former editor of the New Republic.
Delighting in “one of the delicious ironies of this situation” Ed Morrissey observes that “Obama has done nothing but attack and demonize Bush for the last nineteen months, mainly to distract attention from Obama’s own failures on the economy.”